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CUNA seeks youth for Googolplex editorial board

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MADISON, Wis. (3/2/10)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is looking for up to 12 responsible young people from different backgrounds to work as paid editorial board members for Googolplex. Board members must be in Grades 4-12 in the fall of 2010 or, if home-schooled, of the same grade-level ages. Googolplex is part of the CUNA onlineEDGE suite of personal finance tools. Googolplex includes three customizable websites designed for youth that feature interactive games, videos and colorful stories dealing with money matters and life issues. Each Googolplex site attracts a specific age group: 5-Spot for elementary schoolers, A-J's for middle schoolers, and C-Note for high schoolers. Editorial board members commit to one year of service, from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011. During that time, they complete surveys evaluating one new story and one new game by e-mail every month. They may also complete one or two additional evaluations on subjects other than stories or games. After writing their own consumer stories at the end of their terms, board members get paid for all their work. Board members must have:
* Internet access (at school, home, or a public library) and an e-mail account; * Ability to think critically about online articles and games ; * Creativity to research and write a story; and * Commitment to complete the evaluations and story reviews on time.
Young people can showcase and develop their writing skills, play online games, evaluate stories from people their own age, and learn about their finances--while getting paid. To learn more, use the resource link. Choose Googolplex. Then select 5-Spot, A-J's or C-Note to see each website live and learn more about the current editorial boards. Credit unions with interested youth members should send a request, including grade level of the potential applicant, for an application by March 22 to Kate Neuens, Googolplex youth editorial board liaison, at kneuens@cuna.coop. CUNA takes privacy seriously in Googolplex and does not display last names or sell information to third parties.

CU Service Centers Network officers elected

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WASHINGTON (3/2/10)--The Credit Union Service Centers Network Inc. board elected two new officers to its board at the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference last week in Washington, D.C. Elected were: chairman, Bill Raker, president/CEO of US FCU, Burnsville, Minn. and director, Doug Allman, vice chairman of CO-OP Financial Services and president/CEO of NASA FCU, Bowie, Md. Allman and Raker join:
* Vice chairman, Steve Stapp, president/CEO, San Francisco FCU; * Secretary/treasurer, Doug Osborn, president/CEO, Anheuser-Busch Employees CU, St. Louis; * Director, Stan Hollen, president/CEO, CO-OP Financial Services; and * Director, Carroll Beach, president and chief operating officer, CO-OP Shared Branching.
CO-OP Shared Branching and Financial Service Centers Cooperative are joined through the Credit Union Services Centers Network to offer credit union members Shared Branching services.